USA Softball looks for third title

Nov. 16, 2006, 1:22 p.m. (ET)
USA Softball looks for third title at 2006 Japan Cup
Yokohoma, Japan --- The 2006 USA Softball Women’s National Team has arrived in Japan and is gearing up for the 2006 Japan Cup that begins on Friday, November 17. The U.S. will be looking for its third title of the year after capturing the II World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City and the XI ISF Women’s World Championship in Beijing, China.
The Red, White and Blue will kick-off competition at 11 p.m. CST on Thursday night versus China who finished fourth at the World Championships. On Friday at 8 p.m. CST the U.S. will face Holland before closing out the round-robin portion of the competition on Friday at 12:30 a.m. CST against host Japan.
The finals of the 2006 Japan Cup begin at 7:30 p.m. CST on Saturday night with the #3 seed facing the #4 seed for the bronze medal. The grand final is schedule for 10 p.m. CST and will be the #1 seed versus the #2 seed.
The U.S. has won the Japan Cup two out of the last three years but are not the defending champions this year. Japan took the 2005 Japan Cup with a 3-0 win over the U.S. in the finals. Japan is the only team to beat the U.S. in 2006 – a 3-1 loss at the World Championships – but the U.S. rebounded for a 3-0 win in the gold medal game to secure its sixth consecutive World Championship.